Bill Daley (White House Chief of Staff)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Mayor Cory Booker (D-Newark)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)
Fmr. Sen Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Gregory: OMG America is 9 days from
default and we need assure investors that
we actually pay our bills!
Gregory: Bill what’s the solution?
Daley: the President has been very clear -
this is all political theater to demonstrate
concern about the debt
Gregory: I see
Daley: I talk to CEOs every day
Gregory: of course you do
Daley: and they tell me that the problem
with the US economy is the debt
Daley: The Whole World is Watching!
Gregory: so all these negotiations
were gimmicks just for show?
Daley: no a gimmick is Super-Duper
Awesome Debt Cut Committee
Gregory: would Obama agree to a
short term solution?
Daley: only if it guarantees we don’t have
this debate again until after the election in 2012
Gregory: Would the President veto a plan
that doesn’t get us into 2013?
Daley: yes - but don’t worry the
Gang of Six is on top of it
Gregory: so your big idea is this weird
Daley: what better way to dodge responsibility?
Gregory: it sounds like the slow decline
of a dying empire
Daley: Hope springs eternal
Gregory: Mark Zandi says America
is being tarnished
Daley: Obama is serious person!
Gregory: I also am serious man
Gregory: both sides are equally guilty
Daley: we all know that
Gregory: I will give you the Republican perspective
Daley: of course you will
Gregory: [ high pitched voice ]
Can’t you understand the plight of
millionaires like me who are scared of
higher taxes - why don’t you cut spending
for the lazy poor?!?
Daley: you’ve done very well in this
economy so what are you complaining about?
Gregory: Boehner said Obama demanded
higher taxes and was very mean
and made him cry
[ sobs ]
Daley: he's a weasel who can't control
his own caucus
Gregory: are you saying Boehner
has failed to lead?
Daley: yes - these Tea Partiers are
completely crazy and they walk
all over him
Gregory: that’s seems harsh
Daley: they just defunded the FAA!
Gregory: so let people take a private jet
Gregory: Obama has failed to control
the Tea Partiers too
Daley: um I guess that’s true in
a bizarro way
Gregory: but Obama won’t cut spending
Daley: yes he will - but he wants to
raise taxes too
Gregory: Obama proposed Medicare cuts
so he’s not allowed to talk about it when
he runs for President
Daley: I heard you were a moron but that’s
the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard
Gregory: will there be a debt ceiling
Daley: Congress spent this money already!
Gregory: are we in a financial crisis?
Daley: yes we’ve been in a recession
since 2008 dumbass
[ break ]
Gregory: Senator can we you guys make
a debt-ceiling deal past 2013?
Coburn: Obama increased the size of
government by 30%!
Gregory: is that intended to be a
Coburn: how should I know
Gregory: what about the full faith and
credit of the U.S.?
Coburn: giving Obama more money will
only scare bondholders - he’ll probably
blown it on some Kenyan-themed
party in the White House
Gregory: interesting perspective
Coburn: we shut down the FAA because
people could drive a car instead
Gregory: you seem a little crazy
Coburn: we wouldn’t be here today
Obama would agree to slash entitlements
Gregory: are Republicans willing to raise
taxes and anger Tea Partiers?
Coburn: Obama is basically oppressing
our businesses like Stalin
Coburn: Medicare will be bankrupt in 5 years!
Gregory: what is your message to the Tea Party?
Coburn: we can eliminate tax credits for
Wind energy and in exchange we get rid of
Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security
[ break ]
Gregory: according the esteemed publication
in the U.S. The Onion the U.S. is totally screwed
Goodwin: America was founded on
compromise and now people come to D.C. not wanting
to give at all
Kinzinger: the Tea Party has compromised
by agreeing to lift the debt ceiling to pay
for wars we already fought
Gregory: I see
Hagel: we’re seeing a new governing
coalition of independents who hate
Democrats, Republicans and each other
Gregory: I like it
Hagel: people are frustrated because
America is a declining empire
Gregory: what do the American people want?
Hagel: they keep voting parties out of office
because they want America rich and
Mitchell: Obama and Boehner could have
made a deal but the Speaker doesn’t make
any demands on his people
Booker: people are frustrated - they want
pragmatism and not partisanship!
Gregory: bold words indeed Cory
Gregory: Rep. Alan West called
Rep. Wasserman-Schultz vile and despicable
in an e-mail and then demanded that she
insult him to his face
Goodwin: Congress members don’t
hang out and drink with each other -
they trade insults and raise more money
Kinzinger: the Tea Party is willing to compromise
by showing up and demanding what we want
Gregory: I see
Kinzinger: America is great nation with a
great future - but we can’t have all the nice
things we had back in 2008
Hagel: Congress are being more rude
to each other as America declines
Booker: but we worked together in the Depression
and WWII - but now other nations are passing us by
Gregory: I see
Booker: the republicans are right -
we are drowning in debt
Kinzinger: we can’t afford to go to space anymore!
Mitchell: Simpson-Bowles was a great idea
but liberals won’t cut entitlements and I
suppose the Tea Party may be partly to blame
Gregory: is there a radical angry centrist majority?
Goodwin: even primates care about fairness
Goodwin: we need passionate centrists!!
Gregory: will the Tea Party destroy John Boehner
if he compromises?
Gregory: Saint Alan Simpson says people are
too mean now
Hagel: oh he’s right poor poor Alan
Booker: don’t just follow the polls!
Stand on principle!
Mitchell: they will probably make a
Gregory: either way it’s exciting
Mitch: why do we even have a debt ceiling
- it’s stupid
Gregory: I’m going to be on Facebook!
Mitchell: oh brother
Gregory: and that’s another episode of
Meet The Press